It will take 135,000 chairs, 18,000 bed spaces and 3,500 apartments to house athletes in the Olympic Village in Rio de Janeiro. And Paul Ramler, CEO of RGSEvents had a hand in designing them all, like he has in pretty much every Olympics since Sydney in 2000.
“In Brazil, rooms were smaller so we didn’t have the same capacity to assemble product in warehouses,” he tells SI.com. “We came up with a design of the bed to assemble the bed in the room.” Same for the wardrobes. The beds come as a metal frame that unfolds, while the unassembled wardrobes arrive in the room plastic-framed with fabric allowing for easy installation inside the village apartments.